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New book re-opens Turin Shroud debate

Posted on Thursday, 28 March, 2013 | Comment icon 46 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A new book based on extensive research claims that the famous shroud is not a medieval forgery.

The Turin Shroud is a linen cloth bearing the imprint of what many believe to be Jesus himself, it was said to have been used to bury his body after his crucifixion 2,000 years ago. Numerous studies have attempted to determine the authenticity of the shroud, with the most widely accepted analysis suggesting that it is was a forgery produced in medieval times.

In a new book entitled "The Mystery of the Shroud", professor Giulio Fanti has used the latest scientific analysis techniques to decide once and for all when the shroud was made. Controversially, the results seem to suggest the shroud dates back to within a few centuries of the time of Jesus, a strong indication that it is actually genuine.

"Many Catholics believe that the 14ft-long linen cloth, which bears the imprint of the face and body of a bearded man, was used to bury Christ's body when he was lifted down from the cross after being crucified 2,000 years ago."

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Comment icon #37 Posted by Mr Walker on 31 March, 2013, 23:30
Wait a minute the documentaries I have seen say that the imprint is a natural process related to the properties of blood . It had nothing to do with radiation or light. Simply the imprint of blood soaked into the shroud of a dead man.There are other shrouds of other people with similar blood imprints on them. As far as I was aware, despite watching a number of documetaries, no scientist has suggested that the imprint was made of a light /radiation source, but none have rejected the ability of such an imprint to occur under purely natural conditions. The debate has always been about the AGE o... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Mr Walker on 31 March, 2013, 23:37
You are allowing your distaste for the religious side of christ to influence your belief in his historical side. There is no historical doubt that christ, as portrayed in the gospels as a man, existed. He had followers at the time of his death who worshipped locally, and with in a decade or two were as widespread as rome. There were locala churches across the middle east before the gospels as we know them were ever published. The mythology of christianity today incoporates babylonian egyptian pagan and other mythos. The old testament jewish writings incorporate babylonian and egyptian belief... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by Paranoid Android on 1 April, 2013, 5:38
Hi brizink, I was wondering what your thoughts were about the following paragraphs (an excerpt from the Introduction of a favourite book of mine): Christianity arrived on the scene at a time of great literary activity. Philosophers were writing weighty tomes on the meaning of life. Poets and playwrights were composing material to make people laugh and cry. Emperors were crafting royal propaganda to ensure they were well remembered. And historians were recording for posterity all that they could discover about the startling events surrounding the rise of the Roman Empire. The non-biblical writ... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Curley Fryes on 1 April, 2013, 14:32
The image is supposedly of Jesus, not God.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 1 April, 2013, 15:25
Then there is no trinity, and the Hebrew god does not exist. Just as I thought
Comment icon #42 Posted by Mr Walker on 1 April, 2013, 22:09
The problem may be your understanding of the trinity. Jesus is, in part, the human face of god (when on earth) In heaven he has a differnt form.Hhe is known as the word or creative aspect of god. God the father is a sapient being who can manifest in both energy and material forms at will. To me an anlogy is like this. Jesus is my body. God is my mind/consciousness will and spirit, and the holy spirit is my energy system/ force, and that which allows me to act. In the case of god, as in our own case, all these things are part of a singular consciouness yet have their own consciousness and ide... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by Copen on 25 April, 2013, 1:41
Jesus is God! Jesus is God. The only image we are to see of God is man who is God Triune image. Man has a mind, a heart, and a flesh body. They are united as one, yet they are individually separate and perform different functions. They are each made up of each other. Flesh is in the heart and flesh is in the mind. You can't take the flesh out of the heart or out of the mind. They are in each other united as one. Thus is the Holy Spirit replicated in the power of the mind and emotions, the Father in the heart, and Jesus Christ in the body of flesh. Jesus is in the Father and is the ... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by brizink on 28 April, 2013, 8:44
Seems like good ol fashioned apologist gobblty-gook to me. the author presents his argument well and that muc deserves merit but the fact is that Jesus was discussed endlessly by the Sanhedrin or local Rabbinical order or Jerusalem quite extensively which as you may know were very meticulous and recorded rulings and associated findings tirelessly much like any court of law would today. Nothing from around the time of Jesus, or otherwise mentions a Jesus/Yeshuah for any reason within a reasonable time frame. Someone else made the argument that because he had man y followers to begin with and ... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by brizink on 28 April, 2013, 9:54
You don't think there's a good reason to call Jesus a blasphemer? It wasn't just because Jesus spoke against the Rabbi's or even because he said that he was the only route to heaven. Other people said many similar things and they were not killed for saying those things. Jesus was killed because he claimed to be the messiah, he claimed, as well as others that he would save the Jewish people along with the whole world. I's plausible that the Rabbis would have to have some sort of proof, so the easiest way for proof is to kill him, if he was the messiah, there would be no wa... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by docyabut2 on 28 April, 2013, 11:01
Perhaps the Jewish priests in their records would never have recorded the crucifixion of Jesus at that time, because he was a man labeled, named on a board set above his cross, as a king of the Jews.

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